SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
The minute Martinez told “Brian,” aka the Governor, that he needed to accept Martinez was the man in charge at the new camp, didn’t you kinda know it was all over for Martinez, and that the Governor had definitely not become a man who was willing to adopt a “bygones” attitude towards, well, anyone?
Though his quick bonding with Lilly, Tara, and especially the adorable Meghan had us all hoping there was a kinder, gentler Governor afoot, this week's "Walking Dead" episode, “Dead Weight,” proved it simply isn’t the case.
Oh, he loves, and is committed to, his new family. But he was equally committed to Woodbury, and we know what remains of that little hamlet. Now he has a family to protect, and he feels it’s his duty to provide them with a safe place to live and all the supplies they need to more than simply survive their apocalyptic existence. His old pal Martinez, the one who pulled him and Meghan from the zombie pit, and who once labored under the Governor’s reign of terror in Woodbury, had fashioned for himself just such a place.
His mistake, like ours, was in believing the Governor had changed, had become “Brian.” He hasn’t, and one vicious blow to Martinez’s head with a golf club showed us all that Brian is still very much the Governor, and now he has even more to lose than he did during his days in Woodbury. Now he has a live “daughter,” instead of a zombified tween in a closet.
Martinez (Jose Pablo Cantillo), sadly, probably didn’t truly put this all together until just after the Governor whacked him with that golf club, and then fed him alive to the pit full of walkers.
The Governor quickly ensconced himself as the new leader of Camp Martinez (after killing off Pete, the only other camper with any leadership potential). But his solo trip to the prison — during which he lurked outside, scoping out Rick and Carl and then pointing his gun at Michonne — suggests he has bigger plans in mind. Like a merger? Or, more likely, a takeover?
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* RIP, Pete (“Dollhouse” alum Enver Gjokaj). You seemed like an extraordinarily decent dude and leader, which pretty much doomed you in Governorland. But why do you suppose the Governor spared Mitch (“Oz” and “Fringe” alum Kirk Acevedo), Pete’s far more malicious brother? Perhaps he sees Mitch as more pliable with the plans he clearly has in mind for Rick Grimes and company?
* Mitch probably isn’t long for this world, either, though. He referred to the Governor/Brian as “One-Eye Bri.” That sort of disrespect will not be tolerated by the patched one.
* Lilly, Lilly, Lilly… did you see the Governor’s face when she told Martinez his camp made her feel safe for the first time since the turn? It was a look that said, “Hey lady, remember who got you and your kid and your sister here safely?! Remember who prevented your father from eating your sister when he turned?! How about a little recognition, instead of flirting with Martinez?!” Yeah, that obviously contributed to Martinez’s death, too.
* In Woodbury, the Governor had his live zombie heads in fish tanks. At his new camp, he has apparently decided to turn the lake into one giant fish tank in which to keep trophies of his kills, i.e. Pete.
* Tara and Alicia, sitting in a tree… from the Governor and Lilly to Tara and her new love interest, there’s been more romance in the last two episodes of “TWD” than in most of the rest of the three-and-a-half seasons combined.
* And yes, Tara’s portrayer, Alanna Masterson, is one of the acting Mastersons; “That ‘70s Show” alum Danny Masterson and “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Christopher Masterson are her half-brothers.
* A teaser for the second half of Season 4, which will premiere in February: “Greek” alum Andrew J. West joins the cast in a pivotal role that is said to be a mash-up of characters from the “TWD” comics.Now share your feelings with the group, "Dead"-heads: What do you think happens in next week’s midseason finale, “Too Far Gone”? Both Andrew Lincoln and series producer Gale Anne Hurd have told Yahoo TV it’s the biggest episode the series has ever attempted, and Lincoln also mentioned the episode was a particularly busy one for the special effects crew member in charge of dynamite. Could the prison become a casualty of the inevitable showdown between the Governor and Rick, Michonne, and the prison community?
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.